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Report No. a308

Lateran IV, Council: Constitutiones



Alternative Names

Decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council; Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council



70 constitutions plus a decree (c.[71] dealing with preparations for a crusade) approved by the Fourth Lateran Council presided over by Innocent III in 1215. Quickly received commentary by the major canonists of the day. Adopted in Compilatio quarta (except for c.42 and c.[71]) and later into the Liber Extra (except for c.42, c.49, and c.[71]).



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Lateran IV, Council: Constitutiones.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

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Lateran IV, Council: Constitutiones.


Admont, Stiftsbibl. 22, fol. 245v–246r


Bamberg, Staatsbibl. Can. 20, fol. 63v–70v


Bordeaux, BM 400, final work


Firenze, BN Conv. Soppr. da ordinare, Vallombrosa 36(325), fol. 294ra–307va


Firenze, Bibl. Laurenz. Plut. 3 (olim S. Croce III) sin.6 p.96 (The library currently identifies this manuscript with the Plutei designation, but the literature often refers to it with the S. Croce one.)


Firenze, Bibl. Laurenz. Plut. 4 (olim S.Croce IV) sin.2, fol. 254r(251)–264v(261)


Graz, Universitätsbibl. II.138, fol. 233r–246v


Kassel, Universitäts- u. Landesbibl. Jur. 11


London, Lambeth Palace Libr. 139, fol. 168–76


Monte Cassino, Bibl. Abbazia 468, fol. 205–222


Rouen, BM 706, fol. 255r–268v


Text(s) – Modern Editions

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Lateran IV, Council: Constitutiones.

Modern Editions

Constitutiones concilii quarti Lateranensis una cum commentariis glossatorum, ed. A. García y García (MIC A–2; Città del Vaticano 1981) 175–272.



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